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Port Wine & Flamenco

Spend 3 nights in Madrid, enjoy a 7-night Douro cruise, followed by 3 nights in Lisbon
15 Days - Travel to Madrid and return from Lisbon or reverse

OVERVIEW

Begin your journey in beautiful Madrid, renowned for its great cultural and artistic heritage. Travel to the Spanish border where you will embark upon your Douro River cruise. Traverse through one of Europe’s wildest and unexplored regions, filled with vineyards, dramatic gorges and steeply terraced hillsides. Visit the small town of Pinhão, a Mecca for wine lovers, then on to the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes and the village of Bitetos with its 11th-century monastery. You will also visit Porto and conclude your journey in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Spain
2MadridHotel check-in
3MadridCity tour
4MadridToldeo excursion
5MadridTransfer to Salamanca
SalamancaFull day excursion with lunch
Transfer to Vega Terrón
Vega TerrónEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
6Vega TerrónFigueira de Castelo Rodrigo tour
PinhãoDinner at Quinta Avessada
7PinhãoLamego excursion
RéguaDouro Museum
8RéguaPalacio de Mateus excursion
Caldas de AregosEvening BBQ onboard
9Caldas de AregosResende excursion
BitetosAlpendurade Monastery Dinner
10PortoCity Tour
11PortoGuimarães excursion
12PortoDISEMBARKATION
Transfer to Fatima
FatimaFree time
LisbonHotel check-in
13LisbonCity tour
14LisbonSerra de Sintra excursion
15LisbonReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Portugal
2LisbonHotel check-in
3LisbonCity tour
Free time
4LisbonSintra excursion
5LisbonFatima excursion
Transfer to Porto
PortoEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
6PortoGuimarães excursion
City tour
7Caldas de AregosAlpendurada Monastery visit
Scenic cruising
8Caldas de AregosResende excursion
RéguaEvening visit to Douro Museum
9RéguaScenic cruising
PinhãoLamego excursion
Quinta Avessada wine tasting
10PinhãoMateus excursion
11Barca d’AlvaFigueira de Castelo Rodrigo visit
12Vega TerrónDISEMBARKATION
Full day Salamanca tour
Transfer to Madrid
MadridHotel check-in
13MadridCity tour
14MadridToledo excursion
15MadridReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1Vega TerrónEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2Vega TerrónFigueira de Castelo Rodrigo tour
PinhãoDinner at Quinta Avessada
3PinhãoLamego excursion
RéguaDouro Museum
4RéguaPalacio de Mateus excursion
Caldas de AregosEvening BBQ onboard
5Caldas de AregosResende excursion
BitetosAlpendurade Monastery Dinner
6PortoCity Tour
7PortoGuimarães excursion
8PortoDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1PortoEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2PortoGuimarães excursion
City tour
3Caldas de AregosAlpendurada Monastery visit
Scenic cruising
4Caldas de AregosResende excursion
RéguaEvening visit to Douro Museum
5RéguaScenic cruising
PinhãoLamego excursion
Quinta Avessada wine tasting
6PinhãoMateus excursion
7Barca d’AlvaFigueira de Castelo Rodrigo visit
8Vega TerrónDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid, including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Madrid to the ship in Vega Terrón
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Transfer from ship in Porto to hotel in Lisbon
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon, including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Madrid, Spain.
Day 2ARRIVE IN MADRID
Arrive in Madrid and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.
Day 3MADRID
Today you will have a guided tour of Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Known for its many historic districts as well as its modern infrastructure, the city’s top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and renowned art galleries such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)
Day 4MADRID - TOLEDO
Today, you’ll take an excursion to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre-Roman times, its landmarks include the Alcázar, Cathedral of Toledo and the El Greco Museum. (B)
Day 5MADRID - SALAMANCA - VEGA TERRÓN - EMBARKATION
This morning, you will depart Madrid for a full-day tour of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin, the House of Shells, and a lunch featuring authentic Spanish cuisine at a local restaurant. Enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. Later, you will be transferred to Vega Terrón to board your luxurious ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 6VEGA TERRÓN - BARCA D'ALVA - PINHÃO
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th-century village perched high on a hilltop with many steep, narrow streets. Be sure to stop in the market square to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking fountain decorated with black faces. Rejoin the ship in Barca D’ Alva and enjoy a “sail away” mimosa as your ship departs early this afternoon for Pinhão. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a wine-tasting and dinner at Quinta Avessada in Favalos. The ship moors overnight in Pinhão. (B,L,D)
Day 7PINHÃO – RÉGUA
This morning, enjoy an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a gothic cathedral, a museum, and cafés known for local specialties such as bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and Raposeira (sparkling wine). This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley en route to Regua. After arriving this evening, you may visit the Douro Museum. The ship overnights in Regua. (B,L,D)
Day 8RÉGUA – CALDAS DE AREGOS
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. This afternoon, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos. After arriving this evening, enjoy a casual BBQ with your fellow passengers on the Sun Deck. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9RESENDE, CALDAS DE AREGOS – BITETOS
This morning, visit the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Aregos. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Bitetos. After arriving in Bitetos this evening, savor a pre-dinner glass of Port wine and a breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional “home cooked” meal. The ship moors in Bitetos overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 10BITETOS - PORTO
This morning, depart for Porto, arriving early afternoon. Your sightseeing tour of Porto will show you past 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and enjoy some free time to explore the Old City on your own. For some modern culture, you may want to head to the Boavista area, where you will find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. Your ship overnights in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 11PORTO - GUIMARÃES
Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Say farewell to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail. The ship moors in Porto overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 12PORTO – DISEMBARKATION – FATIMA - LISBON
After disembarking your ship in Porto, you will be transferred to Fatima, a town renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to Lisbon for your post-cruise stay. (B)
Day 13LISBON
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour visits Old Town and the spectacular 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps visiting the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, the river and Rossio Square. (B)
Day 14LISBON – SINTRA
Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, former home of the Portuguese royal family, and a source of inspiration for generations of poets. You will have a guided tour and a view of the Castelo da Pena, a fairy tale castle from Portugal’s Romantic Period, situated high up on a rocky peak. (B)
Day 15LISBON
Your river cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2ARRIVE IN LISBON
Arrive in Lisbon and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.
Day 3LISBON
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour visits Belem Tower and the spectacular 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery. (B)
Day 4LISBON – SINTRA
Enjoy an excursion to Serra de Sintra, former home of the Portuguese royal family, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal and a source of inspiration for generations of poets. You will have a guided tour and a view of the Castelo da Pena, a fairy tale castle from Portugal’s Romantic Period, situated high up on a rocky peak. (B)
Day 5LISBON – FATIMA – PORTO – EMBARKATION
Today you will leave Lisbon behind and be transferred to Fatima, a town renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B)
Day 6PORTO - GUIMARÃES
Enjoy a morning excursion to Guimarães today, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, your sightseeing tour of Porto reveals 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast. Enjoy some free time to explore the Old City on your own. For some modern culture, you may want to head to the Boavista area, where you will find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 7PORTO – CALDOS DE AREGO
You can savor a glass of Port wine and take in the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery, where you will be served lunch. Leave mid-afternoon and cruise to Caldos de Arego, arriving in the evening. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8RESENDE – RÉGUA
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Resende. Early this afternoon, your ship departs for Regua, arriving around dinner time. This evening, you will have an opportunity to visit the Douro Museum. (B,L,D)
Day 9RÉGUA - PINHÃO
This morning, you will have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a gothic cathedral, a museum, and cafés known for local specialties such as bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and Raposeira (sparkling wine). This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Quinta Avessada. (B,L,D)
Day 10PINHAÕ - BARCA D’ALVA
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Mateus. The ship departs after lunch, arriving in Barca d’Alva in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 11BARCA D’ALVA
Today you will visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th-century village perched high on a hilltop with many steep, narrow streets. Be sure to stop in the market square to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking fountain decorated in black faces.
Day 12BARCA D’ALVA – VEGA TERRON, SPAIN – DISEMBARKATION – SALAMANCA – MADRID
This morning, the ship departs mid-morning for Vega Terron in Spain, arriving a short time later. You will disembark your ship and have a full-day tour of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin, and the House of Shells. You’ll also enjoy a flamenco show and a lunch featuring authentic Spanish cuisine at a local restaurant. Later, you will be transferred to Madrid and check in to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 13MADRID
Today you will have a guided tour of Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Known for its many historic districts as well as its modern infrastructure, the city’s top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and renowned art galleries such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)
Day 14MADRID - TOLEDO
Today, you’ll take an excursion to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre-Roman times, its landmarks include the Alcázar, Cathedral of Toledo and the El Greco Museum. (B)
Day 15DEPART MADRID
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1VEGA TERRÓN - EMBARKATION
Embark your luxurious ship in Vega Terrón. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 2VEGA TERRÓN - BARCA D'ALVA - PINHÃO
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th-century village perched high on a hilltop with many steep, narrow streets. Be sure to stop in the market square to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking fountain decorated with black faces. Rejoin the ship in Barca D’ Alva and enjoy a “sail away” mimosa as your ship departs early this afternoon for Pinhão. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a wine-tasting and dinner at Quinta Avessada in Favalos. The ship moors overnight in Pinhão. (B,L,D)
Day 3PINHÃO – RÉGUA
This morning, enjoy an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a gothic cathedral, a museum, and cafés known for local specialties such as bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and Raposeira (sparkling wine). This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley en route to Regua. After arriving this evening, you may visit the Douro Museum. The ship overnights in Regua. (B,L,D)
Day 4RÉGUA – CALDAS DE AREGOS
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. This afternoon, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos. After arriving this evening, enjoy a casual BBQ with your fellow passengers on the Sun Deck. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5RESENDE, CALDAS DE AREGOS – BITETOS
This morning, visit the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Aregos. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Bitetos. After arriving in Bitetos this evening, savor a pre-dinner glass of Port wine and a breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional “home cooked” meal. The ship moors in Bitetos overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6BITETOS - PORTO
This morning, depart for Porto, arriving early afternoon. Your sightseeing tour of Porto will show you past 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and enjoy some free time to explore the Old City on your own. For some modern culture, you may want to head to the Boavista area, where you will find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. Your ship overnights in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 7PORTO - GUIMARÃES
Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Say farewell to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail. The ship moors in Porto overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Porto. (B)
Day 1PORTO - EMBARKATION
Embark your ship in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2PORTO - GUIMARÃES
Enjoy a morning excursion to Guimarães today, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, your sightseeing tour of Porto reveals 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast. Enjoy some free time to explore the Old City on your own. For some modern culture, you may want to head to the Boavista area, where you will find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 3PORTO – CALDOS DE AREGO
You can savor a glass of Port wine and take in the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery, where you will be served lunch. Leave mid-afternoon and cruise to Caldos de Arego, arriving in the evening. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4RESENDE – RÉGUA
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Resende. Early this afternoon, your ship departs for Regua, arriving around dinner time. This evening, you will have an opportunity to visit the Douro Museum. (B,L,D)
Day 5RÉGUA - PINHÃO
This morning, you will have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a gothic cathedral, a museum, and cafés known for local specialties such as bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and Raposeira (sparkling wine). This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Quinta Avessada. (B,L,D)
Day 6PINHAÕ - BARCA D’ALVA
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Mateus. The ship departs after lunch, arriving in Barca d’Alva in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 7BARCA D’ALVA
Today you will visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th-century village perched high on a hilltop with many steep, narrow streets. Be sure to stop in the market square to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking fountain decorated in black faces.
Day 8BARCA D’ALVA – VEGA TERRON, SPAIN – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Vega Terrón. (B)

 

 

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Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $147 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $780 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaVida

The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.

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